Share Market Highlights: Sensex closes 870 pts lower, Nifty at 14,637; bank stocks drag indices lower

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Updated: April 5, 2021 4:21:39 pm

Share Market News Today | Sensex, Nifty, Share Prices Highlights : Domestic benchmark indices closed deep in the red on Monday. India VIX jumped to breach 21.04.

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Share Market News Today | Sensex, Nifty, Share Prices Highlights: Domestic benchmark indices ended the day deep in the negative territory. S&P BSE Sensex nosedived 870 points during the day while the Nifty 50 index gave up 14,650. Infosys, Tech Mahindra, and HCL Technologies were the top gainers on Sensex, followed by Bharti Airtel. Bajaj Finance and IndusInd Bank were the top drags, falling over 5% each, followed by SBI. India VIX, the volatility gauge surged as much a 16% to breach 23 levels again, however, the gauge cooled off before the closing bell to end at 21. Among sectoral indices, Nifty IT and Nifty metal were the only indices to record gains. 

With India witnessing the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the growth outlook for the economy still remains intact. Nomura said that its baseline projection for FY22 GDP growth is 13.5% on-year, up from an estimated -7.4% in FY21. Nomura said that the second wave is hitting the high-frequency data such as mobility and traffic, especially in the worst-affected state of Maharashtra. “In our view, since the second wave started only towards the end of March, and as the economy normalised rapidly in January and February, the second wave is unlikely to have a major impact on Q1 GDP growth, and our estimate of 1.0% on-year appears reasonable,” the report said. However, a prolonged second wave with increased restrictions, according to Nomura, could have an impact on Q2 numbers.

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    16:21 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Sensex, Nifty tank amid coronavirus case spike, partial lockdown; could another sell-off be on cards?

    Fear of a bumpy economic recovery as Maharashtra starts its partial lockdown amid growing coronavirus cases pulled the indices lower on Monday. S&P BSE Sensex ended 870 points lower at 49,159 points while the benchmark 50-stock NSE Nifty closed at 14,637. Only IT stocks and Bharti Airtel closed with gains among Sensex constituents while banking and finance sectors stocks fared the worst. Volatility spiked to breach 23 levels during the day but cooled off before the closing bell to sit at 21.22.

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    15:34 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Closing Bell

    Sensex and Nifty ended the day deep in the red. Sensex tanked 870 points but managed to hold above 49,100. Nifty 50, meanwhile slipped below 14,650. 

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    15:23 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    India VIX comes lower

    India VIX has come significantly down as we near the closing bell. After having jumped 16% to breach 23 levels during the day, the volatility index is now at 21.16 levels, up 5.84%.

    15:22 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Banking and finance stocks continue to drag indices

    Bajaj Finance and IndusInd Bank have continued to remain the worst Sensex performers throughout the day. These are followed by State Bank of India, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Auto, Axis Bank, and ICICI Bank.

    15:15 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Smallcap, Midcap indices outperform

    Smallcap and Midcap indices outperform the benchmark BSE Sensex. BSE Midcap was down 1.19% while the BSE Smallcap index was down 1.1% on Monday, minutes ahead of the closing bell. Meanwhile, S&P BSE Sensex was down 1.74%.

    15:12 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Falling back down

    Benchmark indices were seen once again falling as they inched closer to the closing bell for today. Sensex was down over 900 points while Nifty 50 was below 14,650.

    15:07 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Bank Nifty trims losses

    Bank Nifty is now down 3.5% at 32,672 points, up from its intra-day low. IndusInd Bank, IDFC First Bank, and State Bank of India are the worst performers among the constituents. 

    15:01 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Sensex, Nifty trim losses

    Sensex was now above 49,200 while the Nifty 50 index crossed 14,650 mark with less than half an hours left for the day's trade. Only IT stocks and Bharti Airtel were trading with gains on Sensex.

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    14:36 (IST)05 Apr 2021
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    14:26 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Yes Bank loans, advances up 0.8 pc at Rs 1.73 lakh cr by end of Mar’21

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    14:24 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    RIL, HDFC duo, ICICI Bank top Sensex draggers

    ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) among others, contributed the most to today's fall.

    14:22 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Sensex back above 49,000, still 850 points down

    BSE Sensex was trading 857 points or 1.71 per cent down at 49,172, while Nifty 50 was ruling at 14,633, down 232 points or 1.56 per cent.

    14:20 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    USD-INR to be at 72-74 in near term

    Trade deficit widens. Growth for exports and imports registered a sharp increase due to the low base of March 2020. Compared to March 2019, growth rates are soberer, indicating that recovery remains incomplete. Positive global risk sentiments are likely to keep BOP comfortably in surplus in FY2022 even as the current account moves back into deficit. We estimate CAD/GDP at 0.9% (+0.8% in FY2021E) and BOP surplus of US$47.8 bn in FY2022E. We expect USD-INR to be at 72-74 in the near term.: Kotak Institutional Equities

    14:00 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Volatility cooling down

    India VIX, the volatility gauge was now up only 8%, sitting below 22 levels as the benchmark indices recouped some losses.

    13:50 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Holding firm

    Benchmark indices recouped some losses and seem to be holding firm. Sensex has now crossed 49,100 while the Nifty 50 was above 14,600. 

    13:16 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Sensex again crosses 49,000

    Sensex has once again crossed 49,000 mark today. IT stocks along with Bharti Airtel are the only gainers on the index. 

    13:13 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Nifty Pharma update

    Nifty Pharma index was down in the red just like other sectoral indices. However, the index was down merely 0.88%. Alkem, Biocon, and Dr Reddy's were the top index drags. Aurobindo Pharma was the top index gainer. 

    13:05 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Falls back down

    Sensex saw selling pressure after regaining 49,000 mark, pulling the index back. Nifty 50 moved below 14,550.

    13:01 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Sensex regains 49,000

    Sensex has regained 49,000 and currently seems to be hovering around those levels. Nifty 50 is still below 14,600.

    12:52 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Top midcap gainers

    On BSE Midcap index, Adani Transmission was the top gainer surging over 6% during the day. This was followed by Adani Power and Future Retail along with SAIL. 

    12:47 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    India and Pakistan: Trading without trade offs

    The basic problem between India and Pakistan is the excessive verbosity displayed even when a small step is taken either to normalise the relations or to curtail them. This is exactly what happened when Pakistan earlier decided to allow the imports of Indian Sugar, Cotton and cotton yarn through land and sea borders after these were suspended in 2019 due to the bilateral relationship hitting the bottom. But days later the decision of the ECC, which may not have decided without PM Imran Khan approving the import deal, was overturned in the Cabinet meeting, which he himself presided over. It is evident that while the earlier decision was taken on the ground of economic necessity the latter followed as an afterthought since it seemed to have given an imaginary PR edge to the arch-rival India.

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    12:33 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Sensex nears 49,000

    Sensex was nearing 49,000 as the index seemed to be recouping some losses. Nifty 50 has regained 14,500.

    12:31 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Sectoral watch

    Bank Nifty was still deep in red but above from its intra-day low. The index fell 3.47% to sit at 32,684 points up from its lows of 32,330.Nifty media and Nifty PSU Bank remained the worst-performing indices. 

    12:28 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    India VIX trims gains

    Volatility was trimming some gains and moving down from its highs as benchmark indices recouped some losses. India VIX was still up 13% but were now below 23 levels.

    12:27 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Buy HDFC - Motilal Oswal

    HDFC remains one of our preferred picks in the sector. We like HDFC’s ability to gain profitable market share despite significant competitive pressures. Additionally, contrary to initial expectations, the Real Estate market has seen a swift turnaround. With incremental cost of funds from the capital markets at ~5.5%, the company would be able to manage spreads despite the sharp cut in home loan yield. HDFC has built in large provision buffers to help it sustain any spike in NPLs in the coming quarters. We expect the company to deliver core RoE of 12–14% over the medium term.

    ~ Motilal Oswal Financial Services

    12:19 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    IndusInd Bank trims losses

    IndusInd Bank was down 6.1% on Monday, trimming some losses from earlier when the stock had tanked over 7%. 

    12:18 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    HCL Technologies surged

    HCL Technologies share price soared further while the index saw deep in red. HCL Tech was up 2.3% at 1,025.9 per share. HCL Tech was followed by TCS and Infosys -- the only Sensex stocks to sit in green.

    12:12 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    No immediate RBI policy change?

    Bank of America (BofA) said that it does not see any immediate change in the RBI's monetary policy. "We expect the RBI MPC to come up with another dovish pause on Wednesday, especially with Covid 10 cases rising. The RBI's focus will remain on funding the rising fiscal deficit without pushing up yields to the point it hurts recovery," they said. BofA added that the RBI will likely try to fund the fisc without adding to surplus liquidity/M3 growth, and deflecting banks' MTM risks. 

    12:09 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Nifty support at 1414-14350

    Even though global cues are positive with the S&P 500 breaching the 4000 mark, the deteriorating Covid situation in India has led to a sharp fall in the major indices today. Technically, 48240 remains strong support for the BSE Sensex, below which 46450 could be possible. Nifty will have strong support at 14414-14350. 14750 will act as a strong resistance for this week: AR Ramachandran, Co-founder & Trainer, Tips2Trades

    12:08 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    PVR, Inox Leisure share prices tumble up to 8%; Maharashtra govt imposes weekend lockdown, shuts cinema halls

    PVR, Inox Leisure shares, along with other multiplex operator stocks, tumbled up to 8 per cent on Monday after the Maharashtra government imposed a complete weekend lockdown and shut cinema halls amid COVID-19 cases surge. The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced a weekend lockdown and night curfew during weekdays. 

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    12:04 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Broader markets in red

    Broader markets were largely mirroring the fall in benchmark indices. BSE Midcap index was down 1.98% while the Smallcao index was down 1.87%. Meanwhile, the benchmark Sensex was down 2.4%. On NSE, the Nifty 50 was down 2.3%. nifty Midcap 50 was down 3% and Nifty Smallcap 50 was down 2.13%.

    11:58 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus cases worrying Dalal Street?

    "Nifty opened lower and plunged 2% or ~300 points amid worries over rapidly rising Covid cases in India. Over the weekend the (coronavirus) cases crossed 1 lakh mark in the nation. Of this, ~80% cases are in Maharashtra where a 2nd lockdown has been put in place till April 30, though it’s not a complete lockdown. Market over the next few days would monitor as to how the situation pans out in Maharashtra and also in other states especially 8-10 other states where the covid cases is rising rampantly. Apart from this, the Q4 numbers would start pouring in from mid-April with Infosys and Wipro being among the first ones to declare," said Hemang Jani, Head Equity Strategy, Broking & Distribution, Motilal Oswal Financial Services.

    11:49 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google stocks surge, help NASDAQ gain 4% last week

    Technology stocks witnessed a cheerful week as the NASDAQ 100 index zoomed 4% last week. The index has recouped smartly after having turned year-to-date negative earlier in March. Pulling the index were the names such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google -- collectively called the FAANG stocks. In the previous week, all FAANG stocks recorded gains as the United States geared up for another round of stimulus in the wake of the pandemic. 

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    11:45 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Nifty regains 14,500

    Recouping some losses, Nifty 50 regained 14,500 levels on Monday. Sensex on the other hand, was down 1,200 points. 

    11:39 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Top gainers on BSE 500

    Future Consumer was the top-performing stock on BSE on Monday, jumping 8%. This was followed by Lal Path Labs, Future Retail, and Adani Power. 

    11:36 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    March Manufacturing PMI at 55.4

    India’s manufacturing PMI (seasonally adjusted) was 55.4 in March, down from the 57.5 registered in February. India’s economic recovery continues to gather steam despite the recent surge in COVID cases. At INR1.24trn, GST collections in March were the highest on record. Electricity consumption remains high, and auto sales continue to improve. After expansion of the eligibility criteria, India’s vaccination drive is also picking up, with over 79mn shots being distributed. The run rate is close to 3.5mn/day in April so far. Still with cases rising, several state governments have started implementing circuit breakers on mobility, though the hit to the economy will likely be minimal for now, in our view. We continue to forecast Q4 FY20-21 GDP growth at 2.7% y/y, and FY21-22 at 11.0% y/y, with balanced risks.

     ~ Barclays India 

    11:34 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Nifty Media index tanks

    Nifty Media index was down 4.87% on Monday, making it the second-worst performing sectoral index on NSE, just behind Nifty PSU Bank index.

    11:33 (IST)05 Apr 2021
    Investors poorer by Rs 4.45 lakh crore

    Bears have erased investor's wealth worth Rs 4.45 lakh crore today. The market capitalisation of all BSE listed firms stood at Rs 207 lakh crore on April 1, the previous trading session. Today the same is down at Rs 202 lakh crore. 

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